ServerWatch: Linuxlab Expands Server Size Without Changing Its Footprint
Aug 24, 2000, 23:19 (0 Talkback[s])
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Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
By Amy Newman,
Earlier this week, Linuxlab announced
it had expanded the boundaries of high-density server configuration
with the release of its Saratoga Rack 160.
The company also released its 800 MHz ThinRack 4-in-1 server
configuration, designed to be part of the Saratoga
Rack 160. When combined with the Linuxlab
FarMan management software, 4-in-1 provides a comprehensive
Linux-based server-clustering solution.
The Saratoga Rack 160 is designed to enable information
providers to place up to 160 Web servers in a standard six-foot
sever rack. It can hold up to 40 ThinRack 4-in-1 servers with 4 x
800 Mhz Pentium III Intel microprocessors, 4 x 128 MB of RAM, 4
ultra-small 6 GB hard disk drives, and 2 power supplies.
"Our server farms conserve valuable floor space for data
centers, Web hosting sites and internet service providers," said
Charles Liu, Linuxlab founder and chief technology officer.
The Saratoga Rack 160 consolidates server farms by allowing up
to 160 servers to be placed in a standard six-foot equipment rack.
This hardware design conserves up to 75 percent of the space
required by traditional single-server configurations. Saving floor
space enables additional racks to hold hundreds of extra servers.
For busy e-commerce sites, this means four racks can hold up to 640
servers; traditional configurations hold only 160 servers in the
Linuxlab's goal is to be the leading supplier of Linux server
solutions for IT professionals. "Each IU plate can hold four
servers, and we can put 40 plates into a standard six-foot rack,
creating the highest server density in the industry," Liu said.
All Linuxlab Web servers come with the Linux operating system
and Apache Web server software preinstalled. Linuxlab also recently
released its FarMan server cluster management software, which runs
on any Intel-compatible microprocessor board. FarMan gives network
administrators the first Linux-based pure software solution for
directing user requests to a server. Other manufacturers use
firmware code in the ROM, thus restricting the software to a more
limited range of microprocessors.
Linuxlab packages its server hardware with the Linuxlab FarMan
load-balancing software and the Linux Server OS. The server OS has
been streamlined for speed and reliability. Together with the
FarMan load-balancing software, these programs provide a
comprehensive server farm solution.
Founded in 1999 to provide advanced, easy-to-use solutions for
IT professionals, Linuxlab was the first to break the 100-server
scalability barrier for mounting servers in a standard six-foot
equipment rack. Its advanced load-balancing and Web-base mail
server software aims to make system management easy to learn and
perform, while at the same time providing advanced features to
enhance performance, reliability, and security at affordable